Chimwemwe Chipungu

LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) – Newly elected ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising Secretary Mr Chimwemwe Chipungu is expected to resign from civil service after Chief Secretary to the Government, Mr Lloyd Muhara, says public servants in politics should resign from their public service positions as the 2019 tripartite elections are approaching.

Chief Secretary’s warning follows a concern raised by human rights activists, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence , who recently penned the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on the matter.

The two, through their lawyers, argued that some civil and public servants have not complied with the requirement and need to be disciplined.

Muhara, in a letter dated June 28 2018, copied to principal secretaries and heads of departments, chief executives of parastatal organisations and district commissioners, says failure to do so is contravening the Constitution and the Malawi Public Service Regulations.

He added that the public servants should resign or retire once they qualify, prior to embarking on their political campaign, including participating in primary elections.

“As you are aware, Section 193 of the Constitution provides for the independence and neutrality of the public service. Furthermore, it is misconduct for a public servant to engage in political activities as provided for in Regulation 1:201(24) of the Malawi Public Service Regulations,” reads the letter.

The letter further gave the aspirant politicians three days to resign failing which they [the activists] would commence a judicial review